Like many brothers, Chuchart and Somchai Sitthipolthep look very much alike. That's a problem when one brother commits a crime and another is arrested for it.
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Mistaken identity: Chuchart Sitthipolthep shows a copy of his brother's photo at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD). He says he was wrongly arrested by officers from the Sawaengha police station in Ang Thong for illegal possession of drugs. APICHIT JINAKUL
False arrest victim wants case to end
Chuchart Sitthipolthep has been acquitted twice of drug charges relating to a crime he didn't commit.
Prosecutors, however, seem unwilling to let go and are planning an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The problem is that Mr Chuchart, 41, looks very much like the man involved in the illegal possession of 570 methamphetamine pills in 2006.
He should. The actual culprit, according to Mr Chuchart, was his brother Somchai, 44.
Yesterday, Achariya Ruangrathana, president of The Club to Assist Victims of Crimes took Mr Chuchart, 41, a construction worker, before reporters at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD).
Mr Achariya said Mr Chuchart has been mistakenly prosecuted and does not want the prosecutors to appeal the case any more.
He has already spent nine months remanded in prison during the investigation into the drug charge after Ang Thong police arrested him.
Mr Chuchart was subsequently brought before the lower court, which acquitted him. The case then reached the Appeals Court, which upheld the lower court's ruling.
Mr Somchai, meanwhile, has not been charged with the drug possession.
Mr Achariya said his client accused police of failure to check the brother’s identities before seeking his prosecution. Police pushed ahead to prosecute the brother they believed was the culprit and filed the case to the Criminal Court and the Appeals Court.
Mr Achariya said Mr Chuchart wants the case to end now as it would take about five years in the Supreme Court before a decision is reached.
"It's a waste of time," Mr Achariya said.
Adapted from a story by Wassayos Ngamkham in today's Bangkok Post
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acquit: to state officially that someone is not guilty of the crime they were accused of - ยกฟ้อง, ตัดสินให้พ้นโทษ
appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์
Appeals Court: a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed - ศาลอุทธรณ์
arrest: (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - จับกุม
charge: to accuse someone officially of committing a crime - ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
client: a customer or someone who receives services of a lawyer - ลูกความ
commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด
construction: the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง
Criminal Court: a court which hears criminal cases, i.e., cases where people are accused of breaking a law and where punishment involves going to jail. - ศาลอาญา
culprit: someone who has done something wrong - ผู้กระทำความผิด
file: to take official action like making a complaint - ยื่น, ยื่นคำร้อง
identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง
meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
methamphetamine: a stimulant drug that increases alertness and energy, but which is dangerous when taken in large amounts or over a long period of time - ยาบ้า
possession: having or owning something - การครอบครอง
prosecute: to officially accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a court of law - ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง ซักฟอก
prosecutor: a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty - อัยการ
remand: to send somebody away from a court to wait for their trial which will take place at a later date - ส่งกลับไปคุมขังระหว่างรอการพิจารณาคดี
reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
ruling : a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
subsequently: happening or coming after something else - ซึ่งตามมา
suppression: stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity - การปราบปราม
supreme court: the highest court in a country - ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด
upheld: when a higher court says a lower court decision is ok and denies an appeal to reverse the court's decision -
victim: someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
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